Green Week 2021

By now, everyone knows that we have a problem if we don’t do something about climate disruption soon. Sustainability is everywhere. But rather than talking about CO2 and airplane taxes, we want to do something ourselves. That is why this week will be bursting with activities that focus on solutions, on what we can do locally, and making our everyday lives a bit greener.

We’re going green! The Green Week is all about sustainability and what we can do ourselves to reduce climate disruption.

Purpose as the Foundation of a New Economic Paradigm

The current economic system sustains itself on aging underlying assumptions that are widely taken for granted. In this lunch lecture, dr. Kaj Morel shines his light on each of them while questioning their desirability. Relatedly, in his talk, he will introduce the term Purpose Economy which associates fundamentally rethinking the current economic system. It bases itself on a redefinition of what is desirable value offering and introduces an alternative perspective that selects for socio-environmental contributions to the community as a whole. Hence, it turns its back against growth-fetishes, profit maximization, individualism, and materialism.  

Another story is possible, seeing it will make it pursuable. 


Movie: I am Greta

The story of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is told through compelling, never-before-seen footage in this intimate documentary from Swedish director Nathan Grossman. Starting with her one-person school strike for climate action outside the Swedish Parliament, Grossman follows Greta—a shy student with Asperger’s—in her rise to prominence and her galvanizing global impact as she sparks school strikes around the world. The film culminates with her extraordinary wind-powered voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City.

This is a Livestream hosted by Studium Generale, the link to their page to sign up will come soon!

Q&A Sustainable Fashion

Diana has been active on YouTube for 10 years, growing a loyal and engaged follower base of over 250,000 subscribers. On her channel, Diana talks about sustainable fashion and lifestyle, provides insight into her life, and inspires young (mostly) women to purchase and consume responsibly. Alongside her personal experiences, she covers important social topics on her channel, including feminism, racial equality, and climate change. Diana, unlike many influencers, partners only with brands that find social and environmental responsibility key. During her Q&A at the TU/e, Diana will share with us all about sustainability in the world of influencers, social responsibility, and maybe even her favorite vintage stores in The Netherlands.


Be The Change in this Messed Up World – Rob Greenfield

Rob Greenfield is a wildly inspiring environmental activist, adventurer, and “dude making a difference”. Rob lives up to the famous Gandhi quote “Be the change you wish to see in the world” by showing the world that change starts with us, individuals. He has biked across the United States on a bicycle made out of bamboo, wore all the trash he produced for 30 days, and went an entire year growing his own food. Rob joins us to share and discuss small, simple steps that can make all our lives a little greener, healthier, and happier.


Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility

Inspiring lecture by Feike Sijbesma, CEO of chemical giant DSM from 2007 till 2020 (you may know him as a special envoy of the Dutch cabinet in the corona pandemic last year), who is a world-renowned leader in corporate social responsibility. In his time as CEO, he drastically transformed the company to make it the most sustainable in the sector.

Vegan Cook-along

Vegan Student Association Eindhoven is one of the 10 VSAs in the Netherlands. They are a community for students living or studying in Eindhoven who are interested in veganism. 

This evening they will share some of their expertise and give you a taste of the vegan lifestyle! We will all cook together, in our own homes. They will show you how to make a delicious vegan dish. You can follow along with them, so you can enjoy this dish as well! The cook-along will start at 18.30, and by 20.30 you will have a nice meal prepared.

Robert Metzke

As concerns about the climate crisis grow and governments pledge to meet global sustainability goals, many wonder how large corporations, responsible for high levels of waste and CO2 generation, can fit in the vision of sustainable development. Robert Metzke, Global Head of Sustainability at Philips will address this conflict in his talk, alongside topics like Philips’ circularity vision, sustainability in healthcare, the company’s climate action, and corporate responsibility. Join us and Robert on the 22nd of April to learn more about how sustainability is integrated into Philips’ goal of improving people’s health and well-being.


Panel Discussion

We invite 6 of the biggest student teams and spin-offs of the TU/e to come and discuss their own experiences and interpretations of being a “green hero”.


Education Innovation for Green Heroes – University Rebellion

Everyone perceives the world through their own framework.  

For engineering students that framework has often become ‘technical solution-oriented. This reductionist engineering framework, which is often deeply embedded in universities, can be enriched through education that provides global context and pluralist perspectives. Creating critical awareness of the educational system we are a part of is vital. We select speakers that are providing more conscious teaching methods/systems in which they are aware of their own framework and ‘position’ knowledge and perspectives. Furthermore, we want to elicit radically new perspectives on education with a focus on climate justice and decoloniality.

Clothing Swap

It’s time to finally declutter your wardrobe!!

The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. Each second, one garbage truck of textiles is dumped into landfills or burned. One small step you can take against this issue is to choose to buy second-hand items, and this is why the Clothing Swap is the best chance to get nice items from fellow students and contribute to circularity. 

Follow the @tue_clothingswap Instagram page where you can directly message your items and see what other students have to offer, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”!


TGD is an organization of students and researchers who raise awareness about the global environmental and socio-economic challenges, to inspire the TU/e community to create innovative solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals.


Studium Generale TU/e organizes lectures, debates, concerts, exhibitions, theatre performances, and films, with students and for students. Visit the website to view the full program and to get inspired from the stories they share!

Studium Generale

The GO Green Office is the organization of TU/e students and employees, that aims to make the operations, education, and the people on the TU/e move towards sustainability by shaping inspiring ideas and launching projects.

GO Green Office